Volume 27
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Munira Ahmed (In Memory of Arif Rahim)
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Masood Akhtar
American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin
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Ali Asani
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Saeed Naqvi
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Salman Siddiqui
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Memorial page


Art for Art's Sake
Muhammad Hasan Askari / Tr. by M.U. Memon


Ghadr-e Dehli ke Afsane
Maritta Schleyer


The Librarian
Naiyer Masud / Tr. by Jane Shum & M.U. Memon

Dead End
Naiyer Masud / Tr. by Jane Shum & M.U. Memon

Saadat Hasan Manto / Tr. by M.U. Memon

Open It!
Saadat Hasan Manto / Tr. by M.U. Memon

Zakia Mashhadi / Tr. by Faruq Hassan

The Thirst of the Pipe
Siddiq Aalam / Tr. by Faruq Hassan

The Maulvi and the Christian Girl
Saeed A. Naqvi Syed / Tr. by the author

The Puppeteer
Saeed A. Naqvi Syed / Tr. by the author

Gains and Losses
Saeed A. Naqvi Syed / Tr. by the author

Mother—The Queen
Ikramullah / Tr. by Faruq Hassan

Out of Sight
Ikramullah / Tr. by Faruq Hassan & M.U. Memon



Five Poems from Splendor of Faded Colors
Asif Raza/ Tr. by the poet

Five Poems
Mukhtar Siddiqi / Tr. by Riyaz Latif

Eleven Poems
Riyaz Latif / Tr. by the poet

Mouse Pickle
Nazir Akbarabadi / Tr. by Musharraf Ali Farooqi; put into verse by Michelle Farooqi

Selected She'rs
Mirza Abdul Qadir Bedil/ Tr. by Musharraf Ali Farooqi



Asif Raza

Nasim Syed

Humaira Rahman

'Asr-e Hazir men Urdu ke Masa'il aur Un ke Hal ki Justju
Halil Toker

Ali Akbar Natiq

Chachi Jan ki Sivaiyan
Sushil Jha











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